We now live in a world with more than 7.5 billion people. And if we could condense this population of 7.5 billion into a single village of 100 people, the results would look something like this…
- There would be 50 males and 50 females.
- There would be 25 children and 75 adults.
- There would be 60 Asians, 16 Africans, 10 Europeans, and 14 people from the Americas
- There would be 31 Christians, 23 Muslims, 16 people unaligned with a religion, 15 Hindus, 7 Buddhists, and 8 people who practice other religions.
- Likely 86 villagers would be able to read and write, while 14 would not.
- Only 7 villagers would have a college degree.
- 47 people would be active internet users and 65 would have cell phones. 95 would live in an area with a mobile-cellular network.
- 11 would be undernourished while 22 would be overweight.
- 1 person would be dying of starvation.
- 1 person would be living with HIV/AIDS.
- 11 people would live on less than $1.90 a day.
- About 78 villagers would have regular shelter from the wind and rain, while 22 would not.
- 91 villagers would have access to clean drinking water, while 9 would use unimproved water.
Despite the physical and digital boundaries we continue to build around ourselves, the fact remains that we are not one race, one religion, or one population. We are one people, inhabiting this world together – a world that calls for our compassion and goodwill towards all.
We are humbly reminded that the lives of those around us are in fact our own lives, and that the good that we do in the real world is the good that we do for ourselves. We also realize how fortunate most of us are today – if we wake up underneath a roof, have a breakfast to eat, have access to books and computers, and have freedom to move, speak and love who we want to love – than we are truly lucky. When we awaken to the blessings of our own existence, focusing on what we do have instead of what we lack, than we can begin to see beyond our own walls, begin to address the needs of others, and begin to celebrate our diversity instead of fearing our differences.
Research obtained from 100people.org.